Green Materials

Gorgeous Hand-Woven Wicker Furniture Showcases Traditional Chilean Craft

Gorgeous Hand-Woven Wicker Furniture Showcases Traditional Chilean Craft

Produced from the fiber of the Salix plant, a type of willow (hence the project´s name) these design wonders are made by local artisans from a town called Chimbarongo, near Chile's bustling capital

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Sweet and Soft Leaf Lamp Emits a Warm and Inviting LED Glow

Sweet and Soft Leaf Lamp Emits a Warm and Inviting LED Glow

Inspired by the lush green trees dotting the Swedish landscape, Peter Schumacher's Leaf Lamp is a darling design sure to add a bit of charm to any interior space. The lamp features branches and a tree

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Colorful Sra Pou Vocational School is Hand Built Using Local Materials in Cambodia

Colorful Sra Pou Vocational School is Hand Built Using Local Materials in Cambodia

When the community of Sra Pou, Cambodia was relocated from the city of Phnom Penh to the countryside, their new home was severely lacking in basic infrastructure, a secure environment and a sustainable

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Craftsman Clayton Tugunon Creates Snug Furniture From Coconut Twigs

Craftsman Clayton Tugunon Creates Snug Furniture From Coconut Twigs

Designed for relaxation, and inspired by the waves and sandy beaches of the Pacific, the Snug Collection is a set of beautiful seating options made from the delicious coconut tree. More specifically

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World-Renowned Designers Build Furniture From Marine Ravaged Venetian Wood

World-Renowned Designers Build Furniture From Marine Ravaged Venetian Wood

A limited edition collection of tables, chairs, stools, bookshelves, lamps, wood-carved art and even a hammock, each piece was created to highlight the the culminating aesthetic of decades of Italian

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Curvy Steam Bent Achair is a Wood Awards Innovation Winner

Curvy Steam Bent Achair is a Wood Awards Innovation Winner

Achair, a stylish seat produced by the ancient technique of bending wood with vapor, was recently honored in this year's Wood Awards in the “innovation” category. Hand-made by British furniture

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Pantene to Roll Out First Sugarcane-Based Packaging This Month

Pantene to Roll Out First Sugarcane-Based Packaging This Month

Pantene is a popular hair care staple for many women and men alike, so we were pleased to catch wind that the company will be shipping its first plant-based plastic containers to stores in Western

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Metropol Parasol: The World’s Largest Wooden Structure Opens in Seville

Metropol Parasol: The World’s Largest Wooden Structure Opens in Seville

Photo © Fernando Alda Jurgen Mayer H. Architects goal with Metropol Parasol's neutral tone was to help harmonize the stark contrast of the ultra-modern structure with the medieval surroundings of

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Zona Tortona Flourishes with Green Designs at the Milan Furniture Fair

Zona Tortona Flourishes with Green Designs at the Milan Furniture Fair

The MIKA, by Berlin-based furniture designer Stephanie Jasny, takes its inspiration from a conventional painters trestle and adapts the concept brilliantly to comprise the base of a glass table. Using

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Tkaronto: Pavilion Concept Features Vinyl Balloon Poof that is Touted as Sustainable

Tkaronto: Pavilion Concept Features Vinyl Balloon Poof that is Touted as Sustainable

The semi-permanent pavilion, designed by Manuel Gross, Patrik Staub, Yannick Vorberg and Stefan Vetsch will be located in Toronto's waterfront district serving as the awards pavilion for the games, and

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WUD: Chic Retro Radios Made From Sustainably Harvested Wood

WUD: Chic Retro Radios Made From Sustainably Harvested Wood

We love these beautiful retro-chic speakers made from wood harvested sustainably from forests in the southern region of Chilean Patagonia. Designed by Santiago-based Grupo Vibra, they recreate the

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BarberOsgerby’s Tip Ton Chair for Vitra is 100% Recyclable and Economical

BarberOsgerby’s Tip Ton Chair for Vitra is 100% Recyclable and Economical

Tip Ton is a chair designed by London’s BarberOsgerby for Vitra that converges sustainability and ergonomics into a new chair typology. Presented at the Milan Furniture Fair, this simple design

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A4A Design Showcases Its Amazing Recycled Honeycomb Cardboard Sculptures in Milan

A4A Design Showcases Its Amazing Recycled Honeycomb Cardboard Sculptures in Milan

A4A Design's honeycombed furniture has also been showcased at the Lumina pop-up store in corso Garibaldi 127 alongside Foster+Partners' new LED FLO lamp series featured here last week. Both the fauna and

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Lustrous Tabletop Trays Made from Edible Flax Seeds

Lustrous Tabletop Trays Made from Edible Flax Seeds

Designed by Studio Geenen, the Flax Tray is a beautiful and organic take on basic houseware made from a bio-composite material derived from Linum usitatissimum - or more commonly known as flax. The new

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Make Your Own Cardboard World With the Amazing COOLS Kit

Make Your Own Cardboard World With the Amazing COOLS Kit

COOLS Kit is not a new piece of crazy-shaped furniture or recycled cardboard household object - it's an amazing set of hand-tools with connectors meant for building just about anything you can imagine! On

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World’s First Biodegradable Car: Kenneth Cobonpue’s Phoenix Roadster

World’s First Biodegradable Car: Kenneth Cobonpue’s Phoenix Roadster

You are looking at the world's first bamboo and rattan roadster, a biodegradable car called the Phoenix. The Phoenix was created by product designers Kenneth Cobonpue and Albrecht Birkner and was built in

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Natural Legacy’s Woolen Coffins Are Green to the Grave

Natural Legacy’s Woolen Coffins Are Green to the Grave

“Green to the grave” is not just for bumper stickers anymore, thanks to British wool company A.W. Hainsworth and Sons Ltd’s Natural Legacy division. Now the environmentally conscious can be put to

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University of Maine Creates Biodegradable Golf Ball Made from Lobster Shells

University of Maine Creates Biodegradable Golf Ball Made from Lobster Shells

Using lobster shells, a natural binding agent, and a mold they bought on eBay, a UMaine research team has created an eco-friendly golf ball that hits and flies like the real thing.

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Banzai’s Eco-Friendly Longboards Swap Maple for Bamboo

Banzai’s Eco-Friendly Longboards Swap Maple for Bamboo

Bamboo just seems to be the perfect wood alternative, particularly for building hot eco-friendly urban slide boards.

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Green-Roofed Charleston House Has A River Of Green Features

Green-Roofed Charleston House Has A River Of Green Features

Probably the most distinctive feature of this home is the ubiquitous use of wood paneling. While this may seem wasteful, most of it is either highly recycled or reclaimed wood. The board paneling was

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Element Flatpack Shelving System Unfolds from a Single Sheet of Aluminum

Element Flatpack Shelving System Unfolds from a Single Sheet of Aluminum

A functional flatpack shelving system set to unfold at this year's Milan Furniture Fair, this recyclable design by the Parisian duo of NOCC is a practical DIY storage unit that can be built in a variety

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NASA Funds Cessna to Develop Self-Healing ‘Magic Skin’ for Airplanes

NASA Funds Cessna to Develop Self-Healing ‘Magic Skin’ for Airplanes

NASA just awarded four research groups a total of $16.5 million to develop projects that focus on improving airliner safety, fuel efficiency and noise. Included is a remarkable study by The Cessna

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Designtree’s Honeycomb Inspired Nectar Lamp is 100% Recyclable

Designtree’s Honeycomb Inspired Nectar Lamp is 100% Recyclable

It's clear that designer Rebecca Asquith was inspired by the beauty of a beehive when she designed the aptly named Nectar hanging lamp that will debut at the Milan Furniture Fair next week. Made of 100%

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Dell Will Be First Tech Company to Use Ecovative Mushroom Packaging for Shipping

Dell Will Be First Tech Company to Use Ecovative Mushroom Packaging for Shipping

Dell has announced that they will begin shipping their servers using Ecovative's eco-friendly fungi foam.

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Ecovative Teams Up With Ford to Create Compostable Car Parts from Mushrooms

Ecovative Teams Up With Ford to Create Compostable Car Parts from Mushrooms

Ushering in a new generation of partially compostable cars, Ecovative has teamed up with Ford to use their mushroom-based foam as a key component in bumpers, side doors, and dashboards. The best part is

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Dazzling Recycled Tomato Tin House Found Deep in Patagonia’s Forests

Dazzling Recycled Tomato Tin House Found Deep in Patagonia’s Forests

Bariloche-based designer Manuel Rapoport has built himself a stunning studio house clad in used tomato can tiles in the midst of Patagonia’s dense wilderness. The shiny house was built with tins

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IKEA Pledges to Transition to 100% “Better Cotton” by 2015

IKEA Pledges to Transition to 100% “Better Cotton” by 2015

Swedish furniture company IKEA impressed us once again with its announcement on Wednesday that it wants all of the cotton it uses to adhere to Better Cotton Initiative standards. The BCI, a

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Tomoko Shioyasu’s Lace-Like Tapestries Made from Delicate Cut Paper

Tomoko Shioyasu’s Lace-Like Tapestries Made from Delicate Cut Paper

From a distance, Tomoko Shioyasu’s giant art pieces could be confused for immense maps of weather patterns rather than intricately cut paper tapestries. In fact, the Japanese artist is heavily

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Freedom of Creation 3-D Prints Wood-Like Designs From Sawdust

Freedom of Creation 3-D Prints Wood-Like Designs From Sawdust

Freedom of Creation (FOC) recently announced a new 3-D printing technique that transforms sawdust into objects that look and feel (almost) like wood. It's a bit less bizarre than printing human veins, or

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Banana Plastic: Researchers Create Strong Plastic from Fruit that Rivals Kevlar

Banana Plastic: Researchers Create Strong Plastic from Fruit that Rivals Kevlar

A team of Brazilian researchers developed a way to create strong, lightweight plastic with the fibers in fruit.

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